New This Week

The 39 Steps (Theatre Horizon) Four actors play more than 150 characters in this maniacal musical whodunit. Previews Thursday through May 21, opens May 22.

Altar Boyz (11th Hour) Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham praise the Lord in concert. They dance, too! Previews Thursday-next Sunday, opens May 19.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Walnut Street Theatre) J. Pierrepont Finch shows you how it's done in this Tony winner. Previews Tuesday-May 20, opens May 21.


Reviewed by Wendy Rosenfield (W.R.), Jim Rutter (J.R.), David Patrick Stearns (D.P.S.), Toby Zinman (T.Z.).

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Annapurna (Theatre Exile) A dying poet and his ex rummage through years of estrangement. There is humor, darkness, and tenderness in this fine production. Ends Sunday. - T.Z.

Brainpeople (Luna Theater Company) Welcome to a very strange dinner party - with a very big catch. Through May 24.

Gint (EgoPo) Romulus Linney moves Ibsen's Peer Gynt from Norway to rural Kentucky. The result: an astonishing fable, and a theatrical tour de force. Ends Sunday. - T.Z.

Glengarry Glen Ross (Eagle Theatre) Four real estate agents in a frenzy to survive. Ends Sunday.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Walnut's Independence Studio) A charming musical examination of relationship ins and outs. Through June 29. - J.R.

In a Dark Dark House (Simpatico Theatre Project) Two brothers wrestle with an event in their past in this Neil LaBute play. Through June 1.

Little Shop of Horrors (Bristol Riverside Theatre) Seymour is back - and Audrey II is hungry. Through June 8.

Man of La Mancha (Act II Playhouse) Still dreaming the impossible dream, but on a scale too small. Through May 25. - J.B.

Oedipussy (Curio Theatre Company) This twisted comedy take on the classic Greek tale is hilarious and weirdly touching. Through May 24. - W.R.

Romeo and Juliet (Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre) It has some problems, but when this production succeeds, everything else becomes background noise. Through May 18. - W.R.

Sense and Sensibility (Hedgerow Theatre) John Jory is back with another adaptation of a Jane Austen sister story. Through June 1.

Sunset Boulevard (Media Theatre) Ann Crumb plays faded film diva Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's noir musical. Through May 18.

This Is the Week That Is (1812 Productions) The perennial favorite news riff is back - with more music and some great moments! Through June 1.

Tigers Be Still (Azuka Theatre) Life for Sherry is SO not perfect. Through May 25.

Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie (People's Light & Theatre Company) Just what it says. Through May 25.